The Queen Of Kwaito
Bona|May 2017

Nomasonto Maswanganyi (33), popularly known as Mshoza, is famous for the 90s Kwaito hit Kortes. Fundiswa Nkwanyana takes a walk down memory lane with her to see where her Kwaito journey began.

Fundiswa Nkwanyana

Mshoza grew up in Protea North, Soweto, where she lived with her grandmother. Some of her childhood memories include spending time with friends from various cultures, speaking different languages and hearing Kwaito music at every street corner. “I was a carefree and street-smart girl who loved singing and dancing,” she recalls. Mshoza continued to live in Protea North until her grandmother died. She then went to live with her mother in Green Village, also in Soweto. She was an active teenager, part of the school choir, danced with local groups and even did some modelling. “I was that little girl who was spontaneously dancing and singing at social events around my township,” she says cheerfully.

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